until recently, it was also home to some of Mexico’s most notorious drug kingpins. Less than a decade ago, its coastal highway was nicknamed Bandito Alley, and the region was overrun with marijuana fields and methamphetamine labs.
Drug-related violence has fallen in the last year and despite occasional flare-ups — which have been confined to gang-on-gang violence and government crackdowns — Michoacán is beginning to attract visitors besides backpackers and serious collector
The region has a reputation for a rebellious citizenry…
In the last decade, American retirees have swooped into town and turned its historic center into a booming expat community.
Why does an otherwise interesting and informative article in the New York Times about Michoacán’s crafts have to be so snarky? It’s sort of like seeing a travel piece touting New York City’s Greenwich Village which drops a line about Joel Steinberg and Hedda Nussbaum or mandating that there be at least a couple of mentions about muggings in each piece about Central Park.
These days, it seems like no writer can NOT mention Mexico and drugs in the same sentence. I’m constantly explaining to stateside family and friends that I know no narcos, see no narcos, hear no narcos here Morelia.
Exactly! I was annoyed by the tone and, especially the shallowness of the article. The drug problem was over emphasized.
At best, it mentioned a few highlights which have been covered extensively by others.
Oh brave writer, risking life and limb venturing into the wilds of Michoacan in search of the elusive ceramic pineapple. PuhhhLeeeeeeeeez. And, scant folk art information or sensational narco-news headlines…which will remain in the minds of readers? I think we all know the answer to that one. One of the worst articles EVER.